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Phytoplankton Bloom in Bay of Biscay, Near Spain and France

44.9N 4W

May 5th, 2013 Category: Phytoplankton

Bay of Biscay – May 4th, 2013

A large phytoplankton bloom stains the waters of the Bay of Biscay, between Spain (below) and France (upper right), a greenish color. The bloom has been present in this area since mid-April (click here for previous images). The differences in color within the bloom may be an indication of different species of phytoplankton.

Phytoplankton Bloom Off Coast of France

45.5N 2.5W

April 26th, 2013 Category: Phytoplankton

France – April 25th, 2013

A phytoplankton bloom can be seen off the coast of France, in the Bay of Biscay, roughly parallel to the French shoreline (click here for previous image). The bloom appears darkest to the southeast, indicating the greatest presence of the tiny microorganisms in that area. The green and blue tones in the northwestern half of the bloom may indicate multiple phytoplankton species.

Phytoplankton Bloom Off Coast of France – April 20th, 2013

45.5N 2W

April 20th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

France – April 20th, 2013

A phytoplankton bloom can be seen in the Bay of Biscay off the west coast of France, near the mouth of the Gironde Estuary. The sediments spilling out of the estuary appear yellowish green, while the phytoplankton bloom is more blue in color, with spiralled patterns due to ocean currents.

Contrails Over the Bay of Biscay, Spain and France – April 17th, 2013

45.1N 3.4W

April 17th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Image of the day

Spain and France – April 17th, 2013

Contrails hang in the air over the Bay of Biscay, between Spain (below) and France (right), creating criss-crossed patterns. Contrails, or condensation trails, usually occur when clouds form around the water vapor left in the air from the exhaust of passing airplanes, although they can also be triggered by the changes in air pressure in wingtip vortices or in the air over the entire wing surface.

Sediments in Gironde Estuary and Around Île d’Olerón, France

44.5N 2.9W

November 23rd, 2012 Category: Sediments

France – November 22nd, 2012

Sediments pour from the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, through the Gironde Estuary, and into the Bay of Biscay. They also frame the shores of western France, near the estuary, and surround the Île d’Oléron, an island due west of Rochefort, on the southern side of the Pertuis d’Antioche strait. With an area of about 174 km2, it is the second largest French island after Corsica.